Director of Faculty Development Center
Job Description Summary: Furman University is seeking an inspiring, innovative, collaborative, and dedicated educational developer as the Director of the newly established Faculty Development Center (FDC) to support the university's new strategic vision, the Furman Advantage. The mission of FDC is to empower faculty members across disciplines, of different scholarly interests and talents, at different stages of their careers to excel so they can contribute positively to the community, support the strategic goals of the university, and have a fulfilling and meaningful career throughout. In collaboration with the FDC Executive Director, a rotating faculty role, the Director will design, facilitate, and lead short programs and longer initiatives that promote teaching excellence, support faculty success, and foster learning community in a liberal arts environment. This is a full-time, 12-month academic administrative position reporting to the Executive Director of FDC and the Dean of Faculty. Specific Description The Director will provide the continuous improvement of Furman University faculty in teaching and facilitating student success. The responsibilities include (1) consulting with individual faculty to apply pedagogical concepts and theories to course/curricular designs, implementing classroom technologies, and assessing teaching and learning, and (2) providing campus-wide support to enhance teaching and learning and to facilitate discussions on current issues in higher education. For example, the Director will oversee the development of a comprehensive new faculty program and initiate a mentoring program that involves faculty of different stages and different disciplines. In addition to having strong interpersonal and management skills, effective oral and written communication skills, and organizational and analytical skills to perform these tasks successfully, the Director should also: * have an earned master's degree, preferably an earned terminal degree, from an accredited institution, plus two to five years of teaching experience, preferably in higher education; * teach at least one course annually; * have knowledge of, preferably experience in, investigating and implementing the current instructional technologies in teaching and learning; * have knowledge of, preferably experience in, investigating and implementing the educational development practices and pedagogical innovation; * experience in assisting faculty to assess teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes, preferably expertise in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; * experience in designing, organizing, and leading university-wide professional activities such as workshops and learning/writing circles; and * assist the FDC Executive Director with programmatic and operational support. To develop faculty around high impact practices for undergraduate education and think creatively and strategically to align their professional activities with the Furman Advantage strategic vision, the Director should have a broad and holistic view of higher education, with a clear understanding of the importance of diversity and commitment to inclusive interactions with constituents of diverse backgrounds. The Director will collaborate with the campus leaders to facilitate conversations and activities in areas such as advising and mentoring, community engagement/service learning, vocational reflection, research mentoring, diversity and inclusion, and more. Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences. Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits. The Furman student experience is supported by a rich network of centers and institutes that includes The Riley Institute, The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, The Herring Center for Continuing, Graduate, and Professional Education, The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, The Cothran Center for Vocational Exploration, The Shucker Center for Leadership Development, The Malone Center for Career Engagement, and our newest addition, The Center for Inclusive Communities. Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among "America's Ten Best" by Forbes Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, which was named "one of America's coolest small towns." The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches. The newly renovated Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, located just 25 minutes from downtown, runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. Greenville is 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta and only one hour from Asheville, North Carolina. It is an ideal place to live and work.
Minimum Qualifications: Required Qualifications for the successful candidate, the FDC Director must have: * an earned terminal degree in a field closely related to Educational Development; * at least two years of teaching experience at the college/university level; * demonstrated the ability to listen, consult, and work collaboratively and effectively in order to meet the diverse teaching styles and learning needs across disciplines; * knowledge of the pedagogical and educational development practices and theories; * experience in designing/redesigning course/curriculum/programs; * knowledge of current educational development issues, research, innovations, and scholarship in teaching and learning; * knowledge of the current technologies in teaching and learning; * experience in assisting faculty to assess teaching effectiveness and student learning outcomes; * strong interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills to engage effectively across a range of stakeholders; * experiences in designing, organizing, and leading university-wide professional activities to promote faculty development in general; and * strong organizational skills.
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications for the ideal candidate, the FDC Director is to have: * experiences in managing in an academic/educational institution at the programmatic or departmental level; * experiences in developing co-curricular programs or initiatives, such as advising and mentoring, diversity and inclusion, study away, community engagement and service learning, reflections; and * expertise in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
Salary Grade: Level 13 Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Special Instructions: Full Time